The Aston Martin Vanquish is a stunning-looking automobile, so we’re glad that the team from Gaydon has opted to provide the GT car with a series of upgrades to extend its shelf life further. Meet the second-generation Vanquish S.

The AM11 5.9 litre naturally-aspirated V12 (marketed as a 6.0 litre) has been retained here, now providing 600 PS (27 PS more) thanks to larger inlet manifolds and the employment of a revised air intake system, which also provides a better throttle response.

Of course, that power figure is for cars sold in the United Kingdom and Europe. For the rest of the world, you’ll have to be content with 588 PS. However, peak torque on the Vanquish S is 630 Nm, regardless of where it is sold.


The eight-speed Touchtronic III automatic transmission mated to the engine also gets tweaked for quicker downshifts and better refinement at low speeds. Put together, the result is a 0-100 km/h time of just 3.5 seconds (0.3 seconds better than the regular car) and a top speed of 323 km/h.

To go along with the power bump, the Vanquish S gets revised dampes, spring rates and anti-roll bar bushes, which Aston says gives the car a “keener edge in the more sporting suspension modes.”

If that isn’t enough, the new model gets a new aerodynamic package that is not only good for distinguishing itself from a non-S model, but functional in reducing frontal lift without increasing drag. This is contributed to by a redesigned front splitter and rear diffuser, both made from exposed carbon-fibre.


More carbon bits can be found on the hood louvres, which is part of the visual package, including forged five-spoke wheels, a palette of exterior body colours, model-specific badging, and a stainless steel exhaust system with cross pipes and quad exhaust tailpipes.

Customers will also get to choose from a variety of fancy-named items to personalise their purchase, with items such as ‘Filograph’ quilted leather, Sumptuous Bridge of Weir Caithness leather and Satin Chopped Carbon Fibre trim. Regardless of what you choose to put into the cabin, ‘Vanquish S’ embroidery will be featured on the headrests as a finishing detail.

Tempted? Well, there’s two things to consider before you rush out to order one. Firstly, the Vanquish S comes in both Coupe and Volante (convertible) versions, so you’ll have to pick one. Second, prices start from 199,950 pounds (RM1,087,053) in the UK, and that’s before you consider options such as a 1000-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system or larger alloys.